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Leaf
Fri, May 7, 2021, 11:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 6: The Prisoner

Hah, the above reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Six_(The_Prisoner)
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Leaf
Thu, May 6, 2021, 1:00pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 4: Sanctuary

This episode is an homage to the Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. Lucas himself took inspiration from another Kurosawa film, The Hidden Fortress, when he wrote Star Wars.
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MerelyAFan
Fri, Jan 8, 2021, 9:40pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Bucktown

That alternative idea for the episode is such a smart solution the episode's central problem that the writers not going with it feels baffling.

The potential destructive power of warp drive, something that even in testing could prove to be a deadly threat to not just the desperate Valakians but also the unaffected Menk? That's the kind of situation where Archer perhaps concluding that he can't give it to them given the risk would be an understandable one even if half the audience didn't agree with the decision.

Going that route could even be a chance to include the senior officers in the discussion, with Trip's familiarity with warp engines leaving him believing its too dangerous to give to anyone who can't handle it. On the other hand Hoshi, who's studied the Valakian culture as part of the mission communications, believes they have the capacity and competence to best deal with it.

At the heart of it the Captain has to face the choice of one race likely dying out, or fundamentally altering a society via technology that could pose an existential threat to both races. It would still have the best elements of the actual canon episode (raising questions & exploring Archer's character) while removing the abhorrent parts of it (the dreadful understanding of evolution & dubious conclusion).
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tanstaafl
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 10:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

I watched Star Trek: Insurrection on Amazon Prime--then looking for commentary I saw that Stephanie Niznik had died, and that she was also in this episode of Enterprise. She was good in this episode (and also in Insurrection). I wish she had more to do. Rest in peace.
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Saffer
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 2:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

sure

http://www.navy.mil.za/aboutus/uniform/dressregulations/hair/hair.htm
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Saffer
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 2:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@Jason R

There are 54 countries in Africa. I don't think I could be expected to answer for their uniform regulations.

I do think it's important to note that I never said racism. I said that there is a expectation for conformity to Eurocentric standards. While certainly racism may be a factor in most cases, I tend to think the cause is ignorance and lack of curiosity.

Out of curiosity,I looked up the South African navy’s hair regulation - they allow braids, cornrows, natural hair, relaxed hair and other things in between. But South Africa can't speak for the rest of the continent.
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Saffer
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 5:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@Jason R.

I truly wouldn't know
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Saffer
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 8:15am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@Boomer

I would hope that changing a character’s hair is not done to appeal to demographics. If so, I have to wonder what demographics were being appealed to with Janeway’s hair.

I think, in a “real life” situation, one would have to make a plan about how to deal with their hair. I look at Tilly’s hair - hers would be all over her face in a fight. She would have to make a plan. As would Burnham.

Re aesthetics: what I meant was that Black women have been expected to conform with Eurocentric ideas of what “looks good”, what is ”neat” and what is ”practical” and also what is ”beautiful”. These expectations are often onerous and damaging (sometimes literally for the air, and often to one's self esteem). I find it gratifying then, that Discovery is showing the different choices that can be made - dreadlocks (Oye), short natural (Ndoye) as Burnham (relaxed then natural then natural with extensions).

Quick aside - what happens when Linus has to get his big head in a helmet? 😂😂
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Saffer
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 7:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@Booming

“ Burnham's hair is distracting. There is a reason people on (somewhat) military ships don't have wild hair. In an emergency you don't want hair to obstruct your view.”

I had to think before commenting because I found your comment disturbing. I am a black woman and I found your comment disturbing, but I had to think about WHY I found it disturbing. And I will readily admit that watching the portrayal of a black woman in this context has been very interesting. Because we (Black women) do look at things as “small” as seeing how everyday realities like our hair are represented. It’s not something that usually happens on our screens overtly.

First off, her hair is not wild. Not by a long shot. Braids are frequently the go-to option for us when we do not have the time, space, or inclination of dealing with our hair. In that, I found the choice of braids to be true to life. It’s a neat, non-fussy way of dealing with Burnham’s reality as a Black woman.

Second, as with all other women, when the hair is in the way, we deal with it. Ponytail, bun, whatever. It’s not a thing. If you don’t understand how Black hair works, please do feel free to learn.

Third, that the current military organizations have never actually consulted with black women about hair in the military context is not to be taken as an indication that nothing can be done or that nothing is done. What organizations do (and this is not limited to military organizations) is to enact an erasure of people’s reality while expecting conformation to euro-centric aesthetic values. The acceptability of our appearance and aesthetic by non-Black people is a daily grind and it’s not acceptable that it is.

So big ups to the producers for showing us Oyesekun, Ndoye and Burnham and showing that Starfleet and Earth Defense Force (or whatever it’s called) do know that there is diversity even within minorities.

That was rather longer than intended, but there we are.
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Thierafhal
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 4:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: United

@Fire: In relationship to the Enterprise coasting slowly into the frame and beaming up Tucker and Reed. I don't know why you have to make it personal. You could have had your 2 cents without being insulting...
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AF
Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 10:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

I don't know if anyone posted this comment earlier (I can't read every one of these comments), but just a month ago, Mark has posted my biggest problem with the episode: Seska is depicted as Bajoran in the program - this presumes she is still under cover and on the ship - was she already planning to abandon Voyager at that point? Was this made live days before she betrayed them?

Cause otherwise, she's off in Jeffries Tube 7-Alpha recalibrating warp plasma manifolds one day when all of a sudden, Tuvok contacts the bridge to advise that a Seska hologram just told him that she reprogrammed the holodeck to murder him... That doesn't seem like something that would go well for real Seska.

Also, it's awfully convenient Seska reprogrammed the simulation right when Tuvok abandoned it, such that he never re-opened it to continue working. Or did she find this program months after he abandoned it? In which case she should have seen the "last modified" date and realised he was not likely to re-open it.
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tanstaafl
Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 12:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Well, I watched this episode for the first time since it aired because, uh, over on Slickdeals there was a discussion thread about the TNG movie bluray collection being on sale, and somehow the comments in the thread became about Troi, to which a commenter suggested that Troi fans should watch Man of the People. Okay, I suppose you see a lot of Troi in this episode, but other than that it was a very boring episode and I could hardly sit through the whole thing.
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Thierafhal
Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 12:09pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

I don't understand how someone can praise an episode for being ridiculously over the top and then complain about the female uniforms being ridiculously over the top. That's just kind of a silly nitpick on this ludicrously fun episode.
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Brian Graff
Wed, Jul 15, 2020, 2:01am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

I just saw this - never having seen it before.

It has to be the worst episode ever of any of the series - horrible acting, nonsenesical story, just putrid.
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Thierafhal
Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 5:04pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: The Aenar

Gotta emphatically disagree that Jammer is biased against Enterprise. This episode was a dissapointment and he still gave it 2 stars; I think he was generous, considering. If this was reworked as a stand alone episode, i think it would have been an intriguing drama, but as part 3 of a triology, it felt aimless and unnecessary. All part 2 needed was a decisive ending and we'd have a good two-parter that took us to a similar place that part 3 didn't build much upon.
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Thierafhal
Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 4:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: United

What botheres me about the loophole plot contrivance the most wasn't that it existed, but how easily Archer defeated Shran. Yes he didn't end up killing him, but he had Shran at his mercy and could have ended the fight with a kill at any time at that point. The episode makes a bit of a deal about the overwhelming likelyhood of Shran winning the fight because Andorians are proficient with this form of combat from a young age. The loophole thing is still silly, but the episode handles it rather poorly regardless.
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Thierafhal
Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 4:26pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: United

@John Daniels: This was discussed in the episode. The wound appeared superficial, but the weapon was set to kill and even Talas being only grazed was enough to cause enough damage to kill her.
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Thierafhal
Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 3:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

I disagree at the 0 rating, I'd give this episode a 1. Am I offended at the unkind things Jammer said about it? No, why would I be? It's his opinion. Even if I thought it was 4 stars I'd not be offended. Most of these comments are respectful; I just don't get the people who get legitimately angry because his opinion didn't align with theirs. If this sounds like preaching, it is.
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Thierafhal
Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 12:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

8 years earlier than when this episode aired, there was a glorious opportunity to have a chainsaw in Star Trek. The opportunity was Star Trek Generations in the Nexus when Picard encounteres Kirk chopping wood. In an alternate universe, maybe we could have had our chainsaw and been spared this lemon.

On an unrelated note, while writing this comment I accidently spelled Kirk, K-I-R-A. I've been a Star Trek fan (most specifically DS9) for a long time. Not once did I realize Captain Kirk and Colonel Kira had such similarly spelled names, weird...
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Thierafhal
Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 12:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Minefield

@The_Man/Sun, May 24, 2020, 11:10am (UTC -5)

You completely missed the context of the line. Obviously they would warn him and get him back inside before going to warp. It was a joke completely in line with Reed's pessimistic worldview (galaxyview?)
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Thierafhal
Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 8:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Detained

@Mon, Jun 29, 2009 David
@Fri, Oct 22, 2010 Marco P

I gotta agree with Marco P on this one. Why would anyone want to settle for mediocrity on anything? If a TV epsiode can do better, can be more significant, can reach much deeper, then why shouldn't the viewer want more? If you're frustrated about the things Jammer looks for in a story, than don't read his reviews.
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saffron
Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 7:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

Wow, this must indeed be the epicenter of shatnering. Not only does Sargon go through all stages of inhabiting a human body, which is at first extremely painful, then very nice, then painful again; but also the whole briefing looks like Kirk is fighting a toothache or something. Compare that to Nimoy just boyishly enjoying his bad guy. Or Diana Muldaur, who I think hasn't changed that much at all. Even back then Ann Mulhall conveys a quiet but resolved competence. I also actually like Dr Pulaski, but I guess I let you scream at me for that in a different comment section :)

As to the speech, a similar point has been made - much more effectively imo - in The Immunity Syndrome, where they simply point out that look, we have come all the way here, this is what we do, so it *would* be kind of stupid to turn around and do what? go back home and hide under the bed? So yes I think it is comically oversold here, but you guys are right, it just wouldn't be Kirk without Shatner.

I also like that the aliens actually are who they say they are. Genuinely surprising when Sargon says 'ok let's get to work building those robots to teach the humans the things'. It sounds a lot like a con, but for once it's not.

Btw the funniest Shatner impressions have to be the ones that come from his crewmates, in interviews I found on youtube. Nimoy and especially Koenig do a great Kirk, sometimes to his face. Priceless.
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Mustafa
Sat, May 16, 2020, 9:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I dont know if anyone has asked this q before, but here goes. Is old James universe now separate from the timeliness we are currently on? If so that makes this all the more tragic, it means one version of Jake actually died for his father.

Oh and by the way I had tears in my eyes because of this episode and I never ever get any tears watching anything. Stellar bit of tv/cinema.
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Rafael Balbo
Sun, Apr 26, 2020, 1:21pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

Well, i must say, reading the comments have been even more fun than the episode itself. Since people started commenting in 2007 all the way to the end of 2019, we see some people complaining about the episode being a little preachy, to having to much preachy, and suddenly in the Trump era it becomes "lefty", it "has an agenda", "it's for liberals" and the like. We see their time resonating in their comments.
But i must say that after that i did have some pretty interesting discussions too. I agree that Star Trek never cares to explain how human society transitioned to a post-scarcity state, and indeed seems to contradict itself between different series in episodes. Also i agree it has nothing to do with communism - at least not in the way it's understood today, but it is a post-capitalist society. One we actually should aspire to. Star Trek is about an utopia that we should dream and aspire - there's dystopic sci-fi (or space fantasy) everywhere else already.
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saffron
Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 11:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: Wolf in the Fold

ok for some reason I never caught the whole therapy idea until now, and yes it is horrible. I still maintain that TOS was way more sexist than it needed to be, and 'hey it was the 60s' just doesn't cut it. There's just no excuse for a line like "*A woman* caused an accident" and everything that comes after that.
What's worse, I think that story is supposed to serve as a potential motive for Scotty, to let the viewer think for a second that maybe he did do it?

But trying to look past that, I still like this episode and I agree with everything in the review. It's still genuinely creepy after all these years - the psychic screaming seemingly meaningless words, the creature showing itself and possessing different characters... and as much as I hate all things courtroom in TV shows - The Deadly Years being a particular offender - even that works in this case.

If anything, the way this is packed with classic horror cliches, I would have guessed it was another Halloween episode. But apparently it aired around christmas, so interesting choice ;)
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